Last week, the Alberta lieutenant governor approved the appointments of 3 persons to the Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council.
- Stanley Church
- Patricia Henderson
- Julie Stitt
Stanley Church is a partner with the Calgary-based Beaumont Church LLP. He also spent several decades as a cattle breeder and has been president of the Canadian Simmental Association and the Alberta Cattle Breeders Association, as well as a director of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. He was once vice-chair of the South Saskatchewan Regional Advisory council. Since 2005, Church has donated over $52,000.00 to political entities:
|2005||Foothills-Rockyview PC constituency||$1,000.00|
|2008||Ted Morton election campaign||$1,000.00|
|2012||Foothills-Rockyview PC constituency||$1,000.00|
|2015||Wildrose election campaign||$7,000.00|
|Alberta Advantage Fund (PAC)||$5,000.00|
|United Conservative Party||$2,300.00|
|Jason Kenney PC leadership campaign||$4,250.00|
|Shaping Alberta’s Future (PAC)||$20,000.00|
There have also been several political donations made in the name of his spouse, Susan: $2,300.00 to the Wildrose in 2011, $1,000.00 to the Foothills-Rockyview PC constituency in 2012; $1,000.00 to the PC party in 2013; $850.00 to Kenney’s PC leadership campaign in 2017; and $4,000.00 to the UCP in 2019, as well as $4,000 to the UCP’s election campaign last year.
Through his own donations and those under his spouse’s name, Church is connected to over $65,000 in donations to the PC, Wildrose, and United Conservative parties.
Patricia Henderson owns a small cattle operation near Cochrane and is on the board of directors for the UFA. I could find no records of political donations for Henderson.
Julie Stitt is a freelance consultant in Airdrie specializing in animal health and food safety, but she spent a decade as executive director of the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency. Her spouse, Doug, was a veterinarian for over 30 years but has been a director with Nottingham Midstream since 2014. One of the directors—Gale Stitt—happens to share a last name with Doug. In fact, Doug’s middle name happens to be Gale. Since 2004, Doug’s co-director, Gale, and Gale’s spouse, Edith, have donated $44,700 to the PC, Wildrose, and United Conservative parties.
Board members are elgible for the following remuneration
- $150 for each period up to and including 4 hours
- $265 for each period 4–8 hours
- $390 for each period over 8 hours
They’re also entitled to paid travelling and living expenses.